New QS-9000 Sanctioned Interpretations

The International Automotive Sector Group (IASG) issued new QS-9000 Sanctioned Interpretations on May 28, 2002 that became effective on July 1, 2002. A new interpretation was added on Requirements and another regarding Registration.

Entry C10 was added on Ford Motor Company specific requirements. Unless waived in writing by Ford for a supplier site, third party registration to QS-9000 or ISO/TS 16949 is required to meet the “capable quality management system” element of Q1 2002. In the past, Q1 did not require registration. Q1 2002 became effective February 1, 2002 and requires registration for production suppliers in North America and Europe.

Ford also states their QOS Assessment Guideline (specified in QS-9000 Specific Requirements) does not identify suitable metrics. Some QOS metrics are given by the Manufacturing Site Assessment of Q1 2002, available at: <>.

Ford tier 1 suppliers are authorized to use the Manufacturing Site Assessment  for sub-supplier evaluations. See the C9 interpretation for clause on Supplier Development and the Ford letter of authorization at: <>.

Entry R8 was added on the expiration of ISO 9001:1994 and ISO 9002:1994 on December 15, 2003. Any new or renewed QS-9000 certificates must not reference either of those standards, except to state either:

  • Registered to QS-9000:1998 (Based on and including ISO 9001:1994), or
  • Registered to QS-9000:1998 (Based on and including ISO 9002:1994).

All QS-9000 certificates with dates beyond December 15, 2003 must comply with this wording by December 15, 2003. In other words, QS-9000 registered systems will conform to ISO 9001:1994 or ISO 9002:1994 requirements, but systems will be registered to QS-9000, not ISO 9001 or ISO 9002.

If your organization needs to retain dual registration to QS-9000 and ISO 9000, then you will need to obtain a separate, interim registration to ISO 9001:2000, or switch from QS-9000 to ISO/TS 16949:2002 (which QS-9000 systems must do by December 14, 2006).

QS-9000 certificates must not show an ending date later than December 14, 2006. This also applies to the QS-9000 Tooling & Equipment  and Semi-conductor supplements. QS-9000 certificates cannot reference ISO 9001:2000, since it requires a separate certification.

These interpretations are a binding extension of QS-9000:1998 and can be accessed at <>.